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SAP and Visa team on expense management

Business application supplier SAP and credit card company Visa International have agreed to integrate two of their core products...

Business application supplier SAP and credit card company Visa International have agreed to integrate two of their core products in a move to help businesses and their employees manage business expenses more efficiently.

Under the deal, announced at the CeBIT show in Hannover, the companies will integrate SAP NetWeaver, an open integration platform residing between computing infrastructure and business applications, and the Visa Commercial Format, a standard for transmitting data from all Visa commercial payment products to ERP systems.

By using SAP NetWeaver to link transaction data directly from Visa Commercial payment products to SAP ERP systems, customers will be able to drive down administrative expenses.

Visa offers businesses and governments an easy, convenient way to buy office supplies, manage travel and entertainment expenses, and track, monitor and control business expenses.

The credit card company developed the Visa Commercial Format as an extension of its settlement system to enable integration of Visa data into ERP systems.

NetWeaver, which can link disparate applications and data sources, is interoperable with Microsoft's .net and IBM's WebSphere platforms, and allows users to provision web services that have been developed in Java.

In addition to the Visa deal, SAP chairman and chief executive officer Henning Kagermann announced the latest release of NetWeaver.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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